Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012

Moderate Earthquake Shakes Sicily, Italy-Well Felt In Palermo

Disaster Report: M 4.7 moderate earthquake shakes Sicily, Italy at 08:26 local time. The quake's epicenter was just 12 km NNW of Palermo.

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Original Post: Natural Disasters List April 13, 2012
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Update 10:12 UTC

Another M 3.1 weak shallow earthquake in Sicily, Italy (@ 10 km depth) with epicenter located just 7 km NW Isola delle femmine. Palermo is 20 km far from epicenter.


USGS mentions the epicenter location as 8 km (4mi) ENE from Isola delle Femmine and 10 km (6mi) NE from Capaci

Geldenhuys Andi from Palermo, Italy writes, "I woke up from bed by everything shaking. No idea what is going on, since we are from south Africa where there are no earthquakes."

People of Monreale and Palermo reported it to be felt well.
The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary.
An earthquake of approximately M 8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily's east coast.

Another M 2.4 weak shallow earthquake in Sicily, Italy after 20 minutes with epicenter located 18 km NW Palermo.

M 4.7 moderate earthquake shakes Sicily, Italy today at local time 08:26 am. According to preliminary report by USGS, earthquake's epicenter was located 12 km (7 miles) NNW of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Palermo is a city in Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo.

No damage or injury reported.

EMSC Felt Reports Click if you felt too
Palermo (Italy): è sempre una brutta esperienza essere svegliati da un terremoto
Trapani (Italy): Dormivo. Mi sono svegliata per il rumore dei ninnoli del lampadario che sbattevano tra loro e perché tremav il letto sotto di me

Preliminary Epicenter location
12 km (7 miles) NNW of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
104 km (64 miles) NNW of Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
174 km (108 miles) WNW of Catania, Sicily, Italy
279 km (173 miles) NNW of VALLETTA, Malta